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The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series

Bruce Harwood , Tom Braidwood    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The Lone Gunmen was the short-lived spin-off series starring those scene-stealing conspiracy theorists from The X-Files. To recap, there is buttoned-down Byers (the bearded, relatively normal-looking one, played by Bruce Harwood), the "man of action" Frohike (the short one who had the hots for Scully, played by Tom Braidwood), and master hacker Frohike (the one with the long blond hair, played by Dean Haglund). They also meet some new characters who both help and hinder: a female agent calling herself Yves Adele Harlow (and other anagrams for Lee Harvey Oswald, played by Zuleikha Robinson), who always seems a step ahead of them, and James "Jimmy" Bond (Stephen Snedden), the dimwitted benefactor who thinks that the Gunmen give him a purpose in life.

The series lasted a mere 13 episodes, and in retrospect probably plays better now than it did in the spring of 2001 when the peak years of The X-Files were still fresh in the memory. Thanks to direction and writing by the same creative talent and music by Mark Snow, The Lone Gunmen has the feel of Chris Carter's signature series, though without the impenetrable mythology and the sexual tension (Robinson is beautiful, but let's be serious). The episodes are generally stand-alone affairs reflecting the goofy humor that made the trio part of the comic relief in The X-Files. Light-hearted topics include a blind football team and a super-intelligent chimpanzee, but the closing episode dealt with the familiar themes of alien abduction and government cover-ups (a thread that after the series' cancellation had to be concluded in an episode of The X-Files, which is also included in this set). And particularly chilling is the pilot: aired six months before 9/11, it deals with an attempt to fly an airplane into the World Trade Center. The Lone Gunmen couldn't match the brilliant inspiration of The X-Files (few shows could), but for fans it might just be the next best thing. --David Horiuchi

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From X-Files creator Chris Carter, The Lone Gunmen Complete Series - get inside the trio of X-Files computer-hacking geeks popularly known as The Lone gunmen in the perfect DVD for all X-Files fans. Experience the altered world and suspenseful action that will keep you watching!


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4.0 out of 5 stars Shootout! Dec 13 2004
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
The Lone Gunmen finally got their own show -- even if it was sadly short-lived. They were introduced as UFO-chasing supergeeks early in "The X-Files," and soon garnered a cult following -- and eventually a spinoff, complete with tango-dancing kingpins, genius chimps and parallel universes.

The increasingly broke Lone Gunmen are in the middle of stealing a computer chip when a mysterious bearded man -- who turns out to be a beautiful woman, Yves Adele Harlow (Zuleikha Robinson)-- intervenes and gets them caught. After they foil an attempt to ram a plane into a skyscraper, they investigate a geeky golfer's kidnapping, and make a new friend: Jimmy Bond (Stephen Sneddon), a naive young man who gives them financial backing.

With Jimmy as a sort of apprentice Lone Gunman, the boys set out to deal with the conspiracies and strange occurrances: a superintelligent chimp that wants a life of his own, a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens, investigate a Nazi war criminal (who happens to be a little old lady), and search for a car that runs on water instead of gas.

It was a TV tragedy that this funny conspiracy series only lasted half a season. Then again, that's what cult TV is made of. While it lacked the audience and longevity of its parent series "The X-Files," "The Lone Gummen" made up for that in humor and creativity.

Not every episode was so good -- "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper" is just embarrassing, with a none-too-thinly-veiled Senator William Jefferson (Clinton?), a genial Southern womanizer who is just below the angels. Come on, at least TRY to be subtle. However, "Lone Gunmen" hit the mark more often than it missed, with ingeniously offbeat stories that allowed the characters to be goofy as well as serious. ("Prepare to get mooned!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars These Gunmen are better in small bites. April 30 2010
I'm a huge X-Files nut. I bought this set a looooong time ago and until recently, it was sitting on my self in it's plastic wrapping. After all these years, I recently decided to unwrap it and see what I was missing. Wasn't missing much. When The Lone Gunmen cameoed on X-Files, i would look forward to their interactions with Mulder and Scully. As brief as they were, it was great. I can see where someone would get the idea to give them their own show, but hot damn, 45 mins of them is way too much.

The show's really silly compared to the X-Files, and apart from the pilot and the show ending cliff hanger, I had trouble stomaching through the episodes. It's just not funny. I don't know who greenlit these scripts but whomever it was, was either intoxicated or just has poor judgement.

Those expecting X-Files intrigue beware. I'm only giving it two stars for the two episodes I enjoyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars X-Files: THE EXPANSION PACK Sept. 6 2007
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
The comic relief of X-Files (not to mention the series' homage to us nerds and geeks that constituted its core fan-base) finally got their own series.

It started with the best of intentions - but you know what they say about exactly those paving the road to hell...
Bad and unimaginative writing, this is the story of a TV series left to roll on its hyped momentum. It did not roll far.

Another proof that the Best TV is ALWAYS based on great writing. Missing that, nothing can save a series.

Rent it for the memories. A fun weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lone Gunmen March 24 2010
By S. Luuk
I love this show but the second disc had 3 episodes missing (same 2 episodes on both sides) and the seller refuses to return email when I requested to return the box set. VERY disappointed!!!

Another friend with this box set says they have all the episodes, but disc two is marked wrong. Anyone buying this box set needs to check disc 2!

Seller The Grooveyard in BC, Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Oct. 22 2010
This is a great series, very entertaining. Dvd's have some glitches but it is still worth the price.
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